What is something you can’t live without? What is one thing you have to have or else things just seem to be off kilter? What is your treasure? Reading through the verses of Matthew 6:19-21 always seems to “hit me” in just the right spot. I know I personally need to be reminded about these key verses from Our Savior. Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I love to shop, shopping is my cardio. It is also my entertainment, a time to spend with friends or family members, and it provides me with energy and excitement that only seems to come from shopping. Sometimes I tend to put more time, energy, and finances into buying a new outfit, a cute purse, or that perfect pair of shoes. Unfortunately those items that I purchase at the mall can be eaten by moths or vermin and thieves could break in and steal them. But what happens when my energy and excitement comes from a week at VBS, or a Wednesday afternoon at Christ Kids, or visiting a local nursing home? I can carry those treasures with me everywhere. It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing or what I’m driving – those are in my heart and being stored in Heaven as well. I am seeking the fulfillment of God’s promises not just with how I spend my money – but in all that I do, even in how I spend my time. So before my next shopping adventure, I will read through these verses and make sure my treasure is being stored in Heaven and not in my closet.
Our Eternal Treasure – thank you for loving us and providing us with such insight and encouragement in our daily lives. Help us to look at ways to make sure our treasures are being stored in Heaven with You. In Jesus’ most precious name we pray. Amen.